New iMac? Not So Fast!
“It would grow on me, I suppose,” she mumbled. Then, she spied one of those new 20 inch displays directly across the room and fell into it like a moth into flames. “I really like these,” she said.
Talk about busting my bubble! To put her in a PowerMac where she could use that screen, I’d have to double my planned expenses. Or figure something else out. I had only planned on spending about $1600 of future income on her computer. The 20-inch display would cost $1299 on its own. Thankfully, my wife has no qualms about refurbished equipment; I could get a refurbished display for only $1099…if I could find one.
“If you had your druthers,” I said, “would you rather have a new 20 inch screen running our old dual 1 GHz G4 PowerMac or a refurbished 20 inch iMac?” Apple has them only occasionally, but they are selling for an astonishing $1399 when they do. I had apparently offered her a Hobson’s Choice. She was unable to make up her mind.
If she decides she wants a new 20 inch screen, I’ll get one of those, clone my PowerMac’s hard drive onto one already in my dual 1.25 G4 PowerMac, clone her iMac’s hard drive onto the PowerMac’s hard disk, give her iMac to my sister, and transfer my dual 1.25 Ghz G4 PowerMac from video duty to my being my personal machine.
She’s been murmuring, though, that she likes her iMac. I’m not sure if that’s because she really has a sentimental attachment to it (and I understand that, though I gave mine to my daughter-in-law anyway) or because she’s feeling like she doesn’t deserve a new machine and that’s her rationalizing her feelings away. Actually, I’m flattered she doesn’t want to let go of it. It was the first large gift I…or anyone else…had given her.
Oh, what to do?
Let me move now from our petty troubles to those of a much larger entity, i.e., Apple computer.
Whenever Apple releases anything new, the media hype about the new product is nothing short of incredible. By the time you walk into an Apple Store, it’s easy to feel like you’re gazing upon the new Holy Grail. But if my wife’s reaction to the new iMac is the typical response, then Apple has bought a lot of trouble with the new design. I’m lukewarm to the thing. I like it, but not enough to go spend $2K on it. One gentlemen we observed in the Apple Store never could seem to get happy with it; he moved on to inspecting PowerBooks.
Interviews with Apple stated that the new design was designed to take advantage of the synergism of it with the iPod. That may hook a few teenage kids; but if there is no synergism of the new iMac with the customer, Apple has made a big mistake.
My wife put it rather bluntly.
“This is the first time in a long time a Mac has come out looking like a PC.”